[PS4] Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Review - PS3Blog.net
CI Games’ Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is here. Does it cure the ills of the previous titles? Let’s just say kind of…but those loading times. Ouch. Read our Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 to learn more about this PS4 release!
When developers use CryEngine well, you can tell. The scenery’ is lush, the character models are superb, and the facial animations are top notch. Unfortunately, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 has none of these features. Sure, the odd tree looks nice – but it’s overall so damned ugly. The character models are outright scary – especially the main protagonist and his brother as children. Nightmare fuel.
The problem is, the game has a lot of nice twists and elements, but none of them are original or well done. It not only looks like a dated game, but it also plays like one too, and that’s a real shame because, for all its faults, there are times when you see something really quite nice under that turd like veneer.
The developer’s decision to go open world was almost a smart direction to take the series in, because they’re all about the serious art of long-distance shooting. But, again, it’s just not very well implemented. Compare it to the incredibly fun Sniper Elite 4, and it’s outright laughable. If you’re somewhat familiar with the Sniper series, you’ll absolutely understand the critique here.
The sniping is very good. The finer touches are here, like taking wind direction into consideration and breathing to steady your hand. But again, it’s nothing original. As you progress, you can gain skills across three distinct level trees which allow players to adopt a style that they prefer. Want to hang back in the bushes, taking out enemies one by one with your trusty rifle? You can. But there are so many issues with the game, especially from a technical viewpoint.
The load times are utterly ridiculous. You could literally fire up the game, load your saved status and jump in your car, go to the local drive through, eat, bin the rubbish, come home, do some housework and walk the dog, come back to your TV and your PS4 will STILL be loading. This is incredibly frustrating, especially between deaths or fast traveling. Oh, and the framerate’s far from consistent, even on a PS4 Pro. I lack the ability to accurately measure what the game achieves, but the dips are incredibly noticeable and impact the experience massively.
The technical issues are unforgivable. The load times are outright loathsome and, even though it’s an open world game, there’s not that much to actually do. Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 tries to do a lot and fails on 95% of the things it strives to achieve. I will say, however, that the opening music in the game is probably one of the best tracks I’ve heard in a game in a long, long time.
If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll probably enjoy this. For me, as a total noob? I felt that the game needed more time in development to iron out some of the tech issues and kinks and to, perhaps, polish up the character models and sloppy environments.
This Sniper 3 Ghost Warrior review is based on a PS4 copy provided by CI Games.